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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 17 (Published on: 02/05/2008)

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No.
Ref.
Notifying country Product
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Risk Measures adopted by notifying country Products were found and measures were taken also in: (*)

1
0464/08

Slovenia

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Electric pad

Brand: SPESA INTELIGENT

Name:

Type/number of model: Batch code: 90806.01 7 TYD001/BL001

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Unknown

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock and fire

The product poses a risk of electric shock because :

- the creepage distances of reinforced insulation is insufficient: distance between live parts and accessible surface is 2.2 mm - it should not be less than 8 mm,

- creepage distance of functional insulation is insufficient:

distances between live parts are 1.8 mm, 1.86 mm, 0.95 mm - they should not be less than 3.2 mm.

The product poses a risk of fire because of:

- insufficient resistance to heat and fire,

- absence of required markings.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60335.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.  

 

2
0475/08

Finland

Category: Toys

Product: Plush toys

Brand: DOUBLE ZOO

Name:

Type/number of model: Item n° in invoice TM1023/218

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A colourful parrot with black, plastic eyes.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because small parts (the eyes) can be detached. Loose parts fit within the small parts cylinder.

The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

3
0476/08

Poland

Category: Children’s articles and children's equipment

Product: Wooden playpen

Brand: Alfa – plus

Name:

Type/number of model: APK 231S.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A basic, non-folding, hexagonal, wooden playpen for self-assembly with bars of diameter 16 mm. Four bars are removable. Underneath the playpen are 6 small wheels – 3 of which are equipped with brakes. The floor of the product can be installed at 2 levels. Diagonal of product is 125 x 109.5 cm.

Country of origin: Poland


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because of:

- unstable fastening when in the higher position – dowels become loose,

- the bottom of the product is unstable when pushed on from above,

- the bottom of the product can be installed at a height higher than 300 mm from the upper edge,

- presence of sharp edges – springs –where removable bars connect with the frame of the playpen,

- protruding tips of screws.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

4
0477/08

Spain

Category: Protective equipment

Product: Carabiner

Brand: KONG

Name:

Type/number of model: KN<>22◊8∞ 7 Batch code : 050588 05

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Oval carabiner. The packaging is a plastic bag attached to card on which the details of the manufacturer are printed.

Country of origin: Italy


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because it does not withstand the static strength test which could lead to falls. The test was carried out on the major axis, and it was noted that the connectors break when the following forces are applied:

- force of the major axis with the gate pen: 6.1 KN (required level: 7 KN)

- force of the major axis with the gate closed: 18.6 KN (required level: 22 KN).

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.  

 

5
0478/08

Poland

Category: Toys

Product: Pull-along toy snail

Brand: NASIL FUNNY (on the packaging); LOVELY TOYS (on the toy)

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN 5902487384244; No YG-8424-TO; FCT No 559

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The toy is a snail made of violet coloured plastic which moves on four green wheels. There are also antennae - metal springs with yellow, plastic balls at the end. The cord is yellow with a violet handle. Dimensions of the toy: 220 x 70 x 140 mm. Length of cord: 790 – 870 mm and width approximately 2 mm. The packaging (225 x 140 x 750 mm) consists of a cardboard box with transparent, plastic “window” and the following markings and inscriptions: CE mark, “Made in China”, YOGO, No YG-8424-TO; FCT No 559, barcode, “Unsuitable for children under 3 years old” and a pictogram concerning age 0-3 restriction.

Country of origin: China


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Choking and suffocation

The product poses a risk of :

- choking due to small parts (parts of antennae) which fit into the small parts cylinder,

- suffocation due to the length of the cord, being 790 – 870 mm whereas it should not be longer than 220 mm.

The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market and information to consumers ordered by the authorities.  

 

6
0479/08

Spain

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Travel iron

Brand: ORBIT

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: TRAVEL MATE 800 W

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Travel steam iron with folding handle. The packaging is a cardboard box marked ORBIT TRAVEL MATE 800 W.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the normal operating temperature differs from the rated power by more than + 5% or 20 W. At the rated power of 240 V a difference of + 18.3% was measured.

In addition, the instructions for use do not contain safety information.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60335.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.  

 

7
0480/08

Greece

Category: Toys

Product: Tricycle for children

Brand: CHILDREN TRIKE

Name:

Type/number of model: Model CTK-330, code 88/330

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Tricycle for small children (under 36 months). It has a yellow metallic frame with various orange plastic parts, black saddle, small blue basket and blue handlebars.

Country of origin: Taiwan


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Injuries and cuts

The product poses a risk of injuries and cuts because:

- the metal shaft of the saddle sticks out from the lower side of the frame and has no protective cover,

- there are no suitable instructions for use, assembly or maintenance.

The product does not comply with the Toy Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities. Press release has been issued.  

 

8
0481/08

Greece

Category: Toys

Product: Puffer ball

Brand: JO-JO

Name:

Type/number of model: Code 37789

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Yellow coloured puffer ball, with 2 white eyes and a black line for a mouth. When squeezed a flashing light is produced from inside.

Country of origin: China


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Choking,
Suffocation,
Fire

The product poses a risk of :

- choking because a part of the toy can be detached and fits entirely into the small parts cylinder,

- suffocation by strangulation due to the length of the elastic rope which extends to 800 mm, while the maximum permitted limit is 220 mm,

- fire because the material proved to quickly ignite.

The product does not comply with the Toy Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.Press release has been issued.  

 

9
0482/08

United Kingdom

Category: Motor vehicles

Product:

ATV Quad bike

Brand: HUMMER

Name:

Type/number of model: XTQSI- D250

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The ATV is a four-wheeled, motorised quad bike. The ATV requires some self-assembly, for example attaching the wheels and battery. The quad is available in yellow, blue and red.

It is packaged in a plain cardboard box. There is a steel frame around the ATV which is attached with wires.

Country of origin: China

No pictures are available

Injuries and burns

The product poses a risk of injuries because:

- the plastic containers of battery acid can leak, which would cause a hazard to the skin and eyes,

- the nut and bolt provided to hold the shock absorber in place do not fit together. If the bolt is unfastened and becomes loose, an accident could occur,

- the material of the saddle is stapled along the underside and many of these staples are loose and sharp,

- the chain drive near the operator’s left foot is only partially guarded, this may lead to a hazard due to catching of boot/shoelaces,

The product poses a risk of fire and burns because:

- there are two identical pipes in close proximity, either of which can be attached to the fuel valve,

- the fuel pipes are fastened by means of small metal clips. These are supplied loosely on the pipe, meaning they can easily be lost. This would lead to the fuel line being insecure,

- the driver’s legs are close to the engine and exhaust system, which may lead to burns.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban and withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.  

 

10
0483/08

Poland

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car – Honda Legend

Brand: HONDA

Name:

Type/number of model: Honda Legend 2007-08

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Unknown

Country of origin: Japan

No pictures are available

Fire

The product poses a risk of fire as the liquid from the steering system contains glycerine and the temperature of the catalytic converter installed beneath the pipe of the steering system can reach approximately 380°C. In this situation, fire is very likely to occur.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

11
0484/08

Spain

Category: Lighting chains

Product: Lighting chains - 20 Luz de navidad

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: REF.: 799000, Bar code: 5606488017452

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chain with 20 coloured lights. The packaging consists of a cardboard box which is red on five sides. “20 Luz de navidad” is printed on the sides.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Electric shock and fire

The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:

- the sample failed the electrical strength test for class II luminaries,

- the terminals did not pass the test for the efficiency of permanent connections,

- the characteristics of the chain’s cable are lower than that of the type of cable specified in the standard and the nominal cross-section of the conductors is 0.06 mm², which is less than the 0.50 mm² required by the standard,

- the cable failed the tensile test required by the standard (50 times a force of 30 N),

- it does not provide protection against damp conditions that may arise through normal use,

- it failed the electrical strength test and the ball pressure test.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.  

 

12
0485/08

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Pirate set "Piraten set"

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Code: 10766009121000000199, Art.-Nr. 10766

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children's plastic pirate play set packaged in transparent plastic on printed card.

Country of origin: Hong Kong


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the plasticizer contains 30% by weight of diisononyl phthalate (DINP).

According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC, certain phthalates in toys are prohibited.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban and withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.  

 

13
0486/08

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - PAS pump connection in Ford Transit

Brand: FORD

Name:

Type/number of model: Passenger Cars, model Transit 2.4 RWD (Recall Ref: 7C143)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The recall concerns model years 2006 to 2008 FORD Transit cars, produced from 19.12.2005 until 29.09.2007 (Southampton, UK) and from 11.11.2005 until 29.09.2007 (Kocaeli, Turkey)

Country of origin: United Kingdom,
Turkey

No pictures are available

Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because the power steering high pressure pipe may become detached from the power steering pump. A detached pipe can result in loss of power steering assistance and cause the power steering fluid to leak into the engine compartment, with the risk of the fluid contacting the exhaust manifold and catching fire.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

14
0487/08

Italy

Category: Toys

Product: Wooden toy, alphabet abacus

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Art. 4173; Bar code 8 013512041739

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Packed in cardboard boxes, the toy consists of an upper part of three rows of letters in alphabetical order and a lower part of three rows of coloured beads comprising the abacus. The beads are coloured blue, red and yellow. At the side of the lower part there is a clock with a smiling face.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the levels of lead and chromium in the paint are higher than the maximum permitted limits:

- lead 1260 mg/g + 2.4 mg/kg (limit 90 mg/kg ),

- chromium 185 mg/kg + 1.0 mg/kg (limit 60 mg /kg )

The product does not comply with the Toys Directives and the relevant European standard EN 71.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities  

 

15
0488/08

United Kingdom

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Convector heaters

Brand: IGENIX

Name:

Type/number of model:

- Igenix IG5100 / 5016368010655 - Igenix IG5500 / 5016368010662

- Igenix IG5550 / 5016368012697.

Affected products do not have a batch code. If the product displays the batch code 500907, they are unaffected by this voluntary recall.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Metal-cased electric convector heaters, three separate models.

Country of origin: China


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Fire

The product poses a risk of fire. Twelve incidents have been reported.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from the consumers by the distributor.  

 

16
0489/08

Slovakia

Category: Lighting equipment

Product: Table lamp

Brand: GUOGUANG LIGHTING

Name:

Type/number of model: model: 90133, EAN code: 920077005770

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The table lamp has a metallic base with a yellow decoration and a white-yellow lamp-shade. It is equipped with a with a touch switch marked: AC input 110 V, 60 Hz/ 220V, 50 Hz, Yue Jia Lighting Hardware Electronic Accessory Factory. Packaging: a yellow-blue cardboard box with a picture of the product and marking: 50 Hz, AC 220V, 2x max. 40W, size: 13x13x23.5 cm.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the cable entries have sharp edges,

- the product does not comply with the requirements on double and strengthened insulation.

- the plug does not correspond to a standard form.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

17
0490/08

Slovakia

Category: Lighting equipment

Product: Lighting decorations

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model:

1) EAN code: 9200770090370, model No.: CX 12065AC

2) Model No.: CX 12065AC

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting decorations :

1) woman figurine with a unicorn provided with an adaptor packed in a pink cardboard box without marking. Marking on the adaptor: AC ADAPTOR, model no.: CX 12065AC, INPUT AC230V, 50-60Hz, OUTPUT AC12V, 650 mA, CE. Caution: Indoor use only. Risk of electric shock. Dry location use only.

2) woman (angel) figurine with two children provided with an adaptor packed in a pink cardboard box. Marking on the adaptor: AC ADAPTOR, model no.: CX 12065AC, INPUT AC230V, 50-60Hz, OUTPUT AC12V, 650 mA. Caution: Indoor use only. Risk of electric shock. Dry location use only.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Fire

The product poses a risk of fire as the adaptors are without a thermal fuse.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standards EN 60598 and 55015.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

18
0491/08

Slovakia

Category: Toys

Product: Doll "Bábika"

Brand: LITTLE Amy

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN code: 8585017200381

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic doll of 15 cm, dressed in a red coat with a belt, red plastic shoes and a red hat, packed in a plastic bag closed with coloured card.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because plastic material contains 0.44% by weight of DEHP, 19.73% by weight of DINP and 0.21% by weight of DIDP. The content of phthalates exceeds permitted limits value: 0.1%. According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC, certain phthalates in toys are prohibited.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers by the distributor.  

 

19
0492/08

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - Handbrake lever on Honda passenger car

Brand: HONDA

Name:

Type/number of model: Passenger cars, model Civic 3D (model codes: FN1, FN2, FN3) and 5D (model codes: FK1, FK2, FK3)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The recall concerns 2007 (3D) and 2006-2007 (5D) model year vehicles. The list of the VIN are:

SHHFN1***7U011683 SHHFN2***7U008565 SHHFN2***7U200340 S.Africa SHHFN3***7U006881 SHHFK1***7U020687 SHHFK2***7U062136 SHHFK2***7U101200 S.Africa SHHFK3***7U036528

Country of origin: Unites States

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the handbrake latching mechanism may only partially engage depending upon the customer's operating methods. If the handbrake is applied with the release button, either intentionally or unintentionally, there is a small risk that the handbrake may not latch sufficiently to hold the vehicle securely on a gradient. If the handbrake is applied without touching the release button, the handbrake latching mechanism is unaffected.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the importer.  

 

20
0493/08

Greece

Category: Recreational crafts

Product: Water jet scooter - Throttle wire

Brand: YAMAHA

Name:

Type/number of model: Personal Water Crafts (PWC), models GP1300 and VX1100

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

- model GP1300 : the recall concerns PWCs built from 2003 to 2008 Click here to view year, model, model code, Primary ID number range

- model VX1100 : the recall concerns PWCs built from 2005 to 2008 Click here to view year, model, model code, Primary ID number range

Country of origin: Unites States

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because there is a possibility that the outer throttle cable could corrode and become cracked or twisted. If the outer cable is damaged in this way, it could cause the inner cable (throttle wire) to fray over time from wear. If the frayed inner cable catches on the damaged outer cable, throttle movement can be increasingly impaired. This may eventually prevent the throttle from returning to the idle position. This could result in an accident causing injury or death to the operator, passenger or bystanders.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the importer  

 

(*)

Enforcement is a top priority of the EU Consumer Policy Strategy 2007-2013. Both measures leading to RAPEX notifications and measures which come to the attention of the Commission and other Member States as reactionsare indications of enforcement activity in the Member State concerned.

In order to give a better view on the overall level of enforcement, including the follow-up activities of the national market surveillance authorities, the Commission RAPEX team has decided to publish on the RAPEX website also the names of the countries that have found the notified product on their market and have taken appropriate measures (and have submitted a reaction to a RAPEX notification as a consequence).

Information about the reacting countries is available in the RAPEX weekly overviews in the column 'Products were found and measures were taken also in'. The Commission RAPEX team will publish reactions sent (from May2009 onwards) to 2009 RAPEX notifications.

DISCLAIMER: If not specified in the report, the risk and non-compliance refer to a risk for consumer health and safety


IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that proprietary brands, designs and logos that appear in this listing may have been used in violation of intellectual property rights and thus without the legitimate owner's knowledge and/or permission.


Disclaimer - EN

The official contact points of the Member and EFTA-EEA States provide the information published in these weekly overviews. Under the terms of Annex II.10 to the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) responsibility for the information provided lies with the notifying party. The Commission does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided.

Disclaimer - DE

Die in dieser wöchentlichen Übersicht veröffentlichten Informationen wurden von den offiziellen Kontaktstellen der EU- und EFTA-EWR-Mitgliedstaaten mitgeteilt. Gem äß Anhang II Ziffer 10 der Richtlinie über allgemeine Produktsicherheit (2001/95/EG) ist der meldende Mitgliedstaat für die mitgeteilten Informationen verantwortlich. Die Kommission übernimmt keine Verantwortung für die Korrektheit der bereitgestellten Informationen.

Disclaimer - FR

Les informations publiées dans les rapports hebdomadaires sont fournies par les points de contact officiels des États membres de l'UE et de l'AELE/EEE. Au titre de l'annexe II.10 de la directive relative à la sécurité générale des produits(2001/95/CE), la responsabilité des informations fournies incombe à la seule partie notifiante. La Commission décline toute responsabilité quant à l'exactitude des informations fournies.

Important notice concerning re-use of RAPEX notifications

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http://europa.eu/abouteuropa/faq/index_en.htm

Downloading and reproduction for non-commercial or commercial redissemination of any textual and photographic material contained in the RAPEX notifications are subject to prior permission.

The information contained in the weekly overviews may not be adapted or modified by the user. Translations of the RAPEX notifications from the original English-language edition published on the RAPEX website are subject to the conclusion of a free of charge licence agreement.

For permissions or licences, requests shall be addressed to: copyright-info@publications.europa.eu

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